Archive for Saturday, April 19, 2008

Earth Day events begin with parade

April 19, 2008


Earth Day to be celebrated this weekend

Lawrence residents are set to celebrate Earth Day in a big way this weekend. Enlarge video

Past Event
8th Annual Earth Day Parade

  • When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Downtown Lawrence, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....
Past Event
8th Annual Earth Day Celebration

  • When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....
Past Event
Earth Day Fashion Show

  • When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
  • Cost: $10
  • More on this event....
Past Event
Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event

  • When: Saturday, April 26, 2008, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • More on this event....

Lawrence's Earth Day celebration continues to grow.

The festivities kick off today with a downtown parade at 11 a.m.

"I think it's probably going to be one of the bigger ones that Lawrence has seen for a while," said Brian Sifton, president of KU Environs.

The parade is sponsored by Kansas University Environs, a student organization, and will begin near Seventh and Massachusetts streets and travel south to South Park near 11th and Massachusetts streets.

At least 40 businesses and organizations will be featured in the parade that will consist of floats, walkers and a lot of bicycles.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., South Park will offer plenty of family activities. There will be more than 50 information booths, live entertainment and food.

Here's what happening this week:


¢ 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Free rides on the "T," compliments of Lawrence Transit System.

¢ 11 a.m. - The Parade for the Earth.

¢ 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. - Tree identification tours in South Park by Lawrence Parks and Recreation forestry staff.

¢ 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - Children's butterfly garden and rose garden tour in South Park by Lawrence Parks and Recreation horticulture staff.

¢ Noon - Van Go Mobile Arts will unveil green youth sculptures in the southeast corner of South Park

¢ 7 p.m. - LADA Earth Day Fashion Show, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. Tickets are $10.


¢ 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Community dinner at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. Local food dinner for $5 sponsored by Community Mercantile. A panel discussion follows the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Panelists include Gary Nabhan, an ethnobotanist, food preservationist; Kelly Kindscher, KU associate professor with the Kansas Biological Surveys and environmental studies department; Rhonda Janke, associate professor with the Kansas State University horticulture department; and Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, of the Lawrence Farmers' Market.

¢ 7 p.m. - Films for Action: Crude Impact will be showing at Liberty Hall. It's a documentary film screening about the nation's dependence on fossil fuels and peak oil. Cost: $3.


¢ All day - "The Good Fight" Web series will launch on the Sundance Channel. It can be seen at The series was created by Lawrence resident Simran Sethi, an environmental journalist. The series includes a feature on the rebuilding of Greensburg.

¢ 7 p.m. - Gary Nabhan Lecture: "Geography of Food Endangerment: Strategies for Renewing America's Food Traditions, sponsored by the Commons at Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.

April 26

¢ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Community electronic recycling event, Lied Center parking lot, 1600 Stewart Drive. Items accepted for recycling include computer monitors, desktops, laptops, keyboards, TVs, cell phones, printers, DVD drives, etc. There is a $5 fee per computer monitor and a $10 fee per TV.

For more information, visit or call 832-3030.


BigPrune 7 years ago

Shouldn't cars and trucks be banned from this parade? Then there is all the people exhaling their carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Warren6032 7 years ago

Stop your bellyaching. You people complain about everything. Stop posting your complains and GET A LiFE

notajayhawk 7 years ago

Why didn't they just recycle last week's parade?

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

warmer if they are reducing are wind then they are not doing a good enough job. I am tired of the wind make it go away.I will agree with the whole bus thing seems like a double edge sword, on one hand less cars on the road but on the other still alot of pollution.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

sorry did not proofread very well should say our wind not had coffee yet.

tunahelper 7 years ago

we need to build newer, cleaner COAL power plants, no matter what the lefty enviro-whackoes say.California has had wind turbines for DECADES and why is Kansas wanting to develop wind energy now?more hypocrisy from the looney left.GO JOHN McCAIN!!!

BigPrune 7 years ago

According to climate expert Al Gore, wind farms will alter the jet stream during different times of the year, resulting in manmade seasonal changes throughout the year. The direct result will, regardless of season, the northern and southern hemispheres will experience opposite seasons.

acoupstick 7 years ago

When and where did AG make that assertion?

Kaw Pickinton 7 years ago

We get one day a year to recycle old computers? Is there anywhere else that provides this service?

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